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Associate professor, Edith Cowan University

Debra Dudek is an Associate Professor in the English Program at Edith Cowan University. She has published internationally on visual and verbal texts for young people, including picture books, graphic novels, television, film, and novels. She is particularly interested in how texts for young people engage with social justice issues, and a focus on love and ethics informs her research more generally. She is the lead Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Grant "A comparative investigation into Australian adolescents’ perceptions of harm from accessing online sexual content" and the author of The Beloved Does Not Bite: Moral Vampires and the Humans Who Love Them (Routledge, 2017).


  • 2017–present
    Associate professor, Edith Cowan University
  • 2007–2017
    Senior lecturer, University of Wollongong


  • 2001 
    University of Saskatchewan, PhD